Minnesota Twins: The Top 5 Second Basemen in Franchise History
By Otto Johnson
No. 3: Buddy Myer
Years: 1925-1927, 1929-1941 (16 Seasons)
Key Stats: 1643 G, 1828 Hits, 757 RBI, 118 SB, 864 BB, .303 BA, 40.7 WAR, 5.5 dWAR, 2 Time All-Star, Three Top-25 MVP Finishes
Buddy Myer was a key player for the Washington Senators for sixteen seasons, missing out on their championship run by one season. He got a taste of World Series experience in 1925, but the team failed to win it all that season. Myer did get to see the team make the World Series again in 1933, but the team once again couldn’t bring home the trophy.
Myer’s biggest asset was his bat. Myer earned 1,828 hits and 757 RBI over his 16 seasons with the team. His career batting average of .303 sits sixteenth all-time in franchise history, his on-base percentage of .393 is tied for first, he’s fifth in runs scored, and 12th all-time in total bases.
His hitting helped him to earn a career WAR of 40.7 while with the team, a mark that puts him ninth all-time among hitters. He earned three Top-25 MVP finishes and was an All-Star twice, racking up the individual accolades as well.
His offense may have been what made him a star for the team, but similar to Dozier his defense was solid as well. He earned a dWAR of 5.5, tied for sixteenth best in team history. His career fielding percentage of .974 isn’t great, but he still played well over such a long period of time.
Buddy Myer did a lot for the Senators in the 1930s when the team was struggling to get past the New York Yankees and into the World Series. His stats may be slightly boosted by how long he played for the team, but his value to the franchise is massive.